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HISTORY


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HISTORY


Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity's roots date back to December 10, 1899 at the College of the City of New York (CCNY).  A group of students bonded after participating in a pre-admissions program, and they wanted some way to continue their friendship during their college careers. These men aspired to join a fraternity, hoping to cement their friendships in a bond of brotherhood that would last a lifetime. However, they lived in a time steeped in intolerance and discrimination. From a background of different races, cultures, and religions, our Founding Fathers realized there was no fraternity that was of open mind to accept men to their brotherhood from such a diverse group. Determined to share in the special bond of fraternal brotherhood and displeased with the status quo that would not welcome them as one, they stood undeterred.  They stood together in the face of adversity and challenged the status quo. They set out to create their own new fraternity with a set of values and ideals rooted in the concept of the universal brotherhood of man. They banded together with purpose around this powerful message of unity, openness and diversity and formed the first chapter of Delta Sigma Phi - the first fraternity of its kind.  

After founding a second chapter at Columbia College, Delta Sigma Phi incorporated in December of 1902. During that time, Delta Sigma Phi wrote into law the requirement of open membership to all men of quality, regardless of religion race or creed.

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THE BETTER MAN


What Makes a Better Man?

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THE BETTER MAN


What Makes a Better Man?

MEN OF COURAGE

The Better Man is a values-based leader, striving to meet the challenges of modern civilization through innovative solutions with a purpose founded in our core values of Culture, Harmony & Friendship.  He is not afraid to challenge the status quo and is respected for his integrity, character and poise in his values. Adversity and challenge are no barriers to his success.  Though his charge at times may be unpopular, he is sustained by his conviction, enlightenment, and belief in the universal brotherhood of man.  The Better Man is a Man of Courage, defined by:

  • An unwavering courage to dare and to be bold in his actions, even in the face of adversity
  • Principled Leadership
  • Embracing innovative change and advancement
  • A resolute conviction in his ideals, values and purpose, undeterred by his harshest critics or toughest challenges
  • Standing as a pillar of strength for his fellow man - providing strong counsel, mentoring, and advocacy

MEN OF ACTION

The Better Man is committed to improving the human condition with principle and sincerity.  He does not resign himself to await the actions of others; when he sees a person in need, an injustice at hand or an opportunity to improve the world around him, he stands up and lends a hand.  When others may falter or fade, he has the poise to act.  The Better Man is a Man of Action, defined by:

  • Commitment to Service
  • Generosity
  • Being supportive, helpful and ready to assist those in need
  • Devotion to bringing others peace and goodwill
  • Uniting his efforts in the Fraternity with the needs of society
  • Poise and self-control to act prudently, timely and with even temper

MEN OF EXCELLENCE

The Better Man strives for excellence in all areas of his life.  He is recognized for his constant self-development and pursuit of total perfection (individually & collectively).  He is committed to a lifelong experience of improving society, seeking wisdom, culture, enlightenment and truth, and exemplifying the ideals and core values of Delta Sigma Phi.  The Better Man is a Man of Excellence, defined by:

  • A tireless pursuit of knowledge, truth and intellectual development
  • His commitment to scholarship and outstanding academic success 
  • Living with decency and integrity in every aspect of his life 
  • His symmetrical development of mind, body and soul
  • His steadfast loyalty, selfless character and unfailing generosity
  • A dedication to high standards of moral conduct
  • Exhibiting the character and composure necessary to faithfully represent the ideals and values of Delta Sigma Phi in every action he takes, at all times in his life, to ever convince the world of the sincerity of our purpose

 

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MISSION


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MISSION


LEADERSHIP


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LEADERSHIP


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BROTHERHOOD


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BROTHERHOOD